When you are on the beach there are some tips we would like to emphasize regarding beach and swimming safety here in Hawaii.
- First and Foremost…Don’t get Sunburned!
All skin types can burn! Don’t let too much sun ruin your fun! Wear a hat, sunglasses, and a 50 or more sunscreen for protection from the sun. Here in Hawaii the atmosphere that naturally protects us from the sun’s harmful rays is actually thinner, so the sun’s rays can penetrate and burn quicker! The best sunburn relief is usually a cooling Aloe gel.
- Jelly Fish Stings
Hawaii does have some types of jellyfish that sting. Look for signs that may be posted when there is an unusual influx of jellyfish. If you do get stung, pick off any tentacles with a gloved hand or a stick so you don’t get stung more! Rinse the area with fresh water and apply ice. If you experience shortness of breath, weakness, muscle cramps, or rash….see a Doctor.
- Sea Urchins and Coral
Watch where you walk when out in the ocean. Coral can cut. Sea urchins with sharp spines can sting. If you get a spine or piece of coral in you, carefully remove as much as possible, then clean and dress the wound. Seek a Doctor for deep cuts. In any ocean environment there are high levels of bacteria so watch wounds for any signs of infection!
While we hope you experience none of the above, we offer these bits of advice because we want you to enjoy every minute of your time on the beach, here on the North Shore of Oahu.